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Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Friday, February 2, 2018

Call for Papers: The 16th Chinese Internet Research Conference – Modes of Connection



The Leiden Asia Centre, Leiden U Institute for Area Studies, and Leiden Law School welcome scholars from the area studies,social sciences, law, humanities, computer sciences, and from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to the 16th annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC16), to be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, on 22-23 May 2018. CIRC16 will explore the theme‘modes of connection’, across social, economic, and political fields. General Theme: Modes of Connection The field of China internet research has fruitfully tracked communication patterns across different media types in the Chinese speaking world, generating a lively discussion about the role that different discourses and media types play in Chinese society. The themes of this year’s conference will augment these efforts by asking how media and communication are bolted to the world. The internet has rapidly become much more than avenue for the exchange of information. It is closely intertwined with social interactions, economic exchanges, and the practice of governance. At the same time, concerns surrounding the internet are no longer merely confined to free expression and access to information, they have come to include the impact of the internet on the integrity of political systems, personal data protection, terrorist use of ICTs, and cyber crime. While the notion is now much greater complexity in the nature of connectivity that ICTs permit, and therefore the social, economic, and political questions they generate. Consequently, CIRC 16 will ask how different actors deploy novel ICT to transform the modes through which people connect. The conference will ill into this broad topic by focusing on three sub-themes:

Sub-Theme 1: Modes of Community CIRC16-community-theme Information and communication technologies like the internet are frequently singled out as harbingers of social change, in China as much as elsewhere. Yet there has not been a sustained scholarly effort to explore how contemporary ICT affect social groups in China, how they change interpersonal dynamics, to what extent they shape our sense of community, and how such communities become politicized through ICT usage. This sub-theme of the conference will explore how media and communication are anchored in modes of communal interaction, how they transform those modes, and how specific Chinese contexts influence these processes. Do digital technologies extend and accelerate the established logics of social interactions and group affiliations, or do they change the rationale behind our relations? What happens to friendships,family ties, work relations, and political interactions once they are‘upgraded’ to Web 2.0? What does it take to bring users together and turn them into political subjects like ‘netizens’? Can there ever be such a thing as a ‘digital community’, and if so: what would make such a community sustainable as a viable political group? Finally, what changes do digital media networks introduce to traditional ‘imagined communities’, that is: to large-scale associations like nations, religious orders, or political movements,but also consumer groups or fan communities, in which members do not personally know all other members and yet feel connected through shared practices? Questions like these go to the heart of how we conceptualize digital media and their relevance today.Applicants interested in this theme may consider addressing one or several of the following topics in Chinese contexts:Construction of community sentiments through network technologies and digital media practices, for instance nationalism, localism, fandom, religion, attachments to hobbies and collective activities, or support for activist ideologies that ive groups like hacker. Everyday use of technologies such as mobile devices and computers by different groups, in different social contexts, and for different purposes.Digital discourse and communication power within Chinese community networks.Community-building through internet and digital media usage in different parts of the Chinese speaking world, e.g. mainland China, Taiwan,Hong Kong, or overseas diaspora.

Sub-Theme 2: Modes of Production CIRC16-production-theme

The internet is far more than a set of communication networks;it is also a radically new mode of economic production. Whether in the form of digital finance(online banking, crypto currency speculation,etc.), digital commerce (retail and wholesale),or digital and digitally-enabled services (online entertainment, transportation services, digital gift economies), ICT are thoroughly revamping the relations between production and consumption,between capital and labour, in the Chinese economy. What are the implications of these processes? Who stands to win, and who are the losers? How do these processes alter and influence traditional economic structures, perhaps disrupting existing (political-)economic interests? With more and more people relying on digital conveniences such as bike rentals or group coupon offers, how powerful do certain platforms become?How strongly are they reshaping existing markets for goods and services? Contributors to this theme may consider the following areas of interest:Interaction between work and leisure on the internet, as well as issues related to digital commerce and commercialization (e.g.when play and labour fuse into ‘playbour’),Changing production and distribution modes enabled by new constellations of capital and labour, for instance in so-called Taobao Villages or in Maker Spaces.Convergence and interaction between different digital media technologies, entertainment formats, advertising strategies, and commercial services on digital platforms, for instance on digital video channels.The changes in China’s economy (and their political impact)brought about by ubiquitous microblogging and social chat services (Weibo and Weixin), digital payment platforms (Alipay),and cryptocurrencies. The broader changes in China’s political-economic structure wrought through digitalization, for instance efforts to open up immigration opportunities for talented specialists.

Sub-Theme 3: Modes of Organization CIRC16-Organization-theme

The internet is not an exogenous phenomenon, it is an artefact. It is recreated and reformed on a daily basis, primarily through the efforts of governmental and private sector actors, who are attempting to reconfigure the internet in pursuit of their strategic objectives. However, even in China, these actors need to be responsive to the demands,complaints, and requirements of end users, who therefore are not unimportant in the question of how the internet is organized.This sub-theme will explore how different stakeholder categories attempt to influence the way that the internet itself is organized,how connections are enabled or disabled, and how this affects the continuous reconfiguration of the online environment.Internet politics and policies in the Chinese-speaking world,including e-governance and cyber-security, as well as the interaction of various nodes of regulatory or organizational power.Social and political participation in Chinese digital networks,as well as limitations to such participation (e.g. access, digital divides, etc.)

The evolution of legitimizing or challenging narratives to particular forms of ICT organization (for instance the use of security, etc.)Transformation of political legitimacy in the wake of novel digital civic services, as well as novel forms of governance (such as the social credit system).Digitally enabled political activism and its limits.Paper and Panel Proposals The organising committee invites proposals for paper presentations or panels that adess one or more of the three themes related to the modes of connection in China, through both critical, theoretically minded research and innovative empirical methods.Proposals should be written in English and should not exceed 400 words for individual papers, or 1000 words for panel proposals. Please also include a brief bio and any relevant contact details. Proposals and enquiries should be sent to . Florian  Schneider: 


Proposals should be submitted by 1 February 2018. The organising committee will inform applicants of its decision by the end of that month. Full versions of the accepted papers are to be submitted by 1 May 2018. Papers should not exceed 8,000 words, including notes and references, and should be sent to the organising committee via email. Organization and Location CIRC16_LeidenLawCIRC16 is organized by. Florian Schneider(Leiden Institute for Area Studies) and . Rogier Creemers (LeidenLaw School). The conference will take place at the Kamerlingh OnnesBuilding at Leiden U’s Faculty of Law (Steenschuur 25, 2311 ESLeiden, The Netherlands).Plenary sessions will be scheduled in lecture theatre A144;panels will be convened in rooms A002, A008, A028, and B016.



9th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division

co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group ofthe International Communication Association (ICA)Thursday, 24 May 2018 | Skautsky Institut, Prague, Czech Republic


The consortium will bring together PhD candidates conducting research on various types of communication technologies and mobile communication to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere.The objectives of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis.Moreover, the Doctoral Consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics. During the consortium, students and faculty will be organized into small groups, determined by the thematic nature of the research. In each group, students will present their work, and receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium. Each proposal will receive detailed feedback from three faculty participants. There will be two poster sessions to allow participants from other groups to learn about and comment on the research of the PhD candidates.In addition to the presentation and critique of proposals, there will be discussion of issues related to making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. Of course, this process differs widely across different nations and academic traditions.Bearing these differences in mind, we will discuss positioning one’s work for the job market, strategies for publication, the interviewing process and other aspects of faculty job searches. Anticipating a time when participants when participants will have an academic position, the discussion will include issues like managing workload and working relationships,finding a work/life balance, and ways of being a successful academic. Submission Process Applicants must be advanced to candidacy, and have their dissertation proposal topic previously approved by their committee or supervisor. Ideally, students will be in the early stages of their dissertation, where feedback would be helpful in refining and advancing their work. To apply, students must submit a proposal describing their research.Submissions must be related to one of the working areas of the Communication and Technology Division (CAT) or the Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG) of the International Communication Association (ICA). A description of the respective research areas can be found in the last section ofthis call. In your submission, please identify whether you’re submitting to MCIG or CAT.Proposals must identify a significant problem (or problems) in a relevant field of research, briefly outline current knowledge of the problem domain, and clearly formulate a research question, or specify hypotheses to be tested. Proposals should outline the research approach, methods, and any results obtained so far. Submissions should be between 3000 and 4000 words (excluding references and appendices),and must include name and affiliation of the PhD candidate. Applications need to be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation from the advisor or member of the dissertation committee stating how the PhD candidate can benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium. The proposal and letter of recommendation must be submitted as one PDF document and sent as an attachment in an email to Veronika Karnowski

The deadline for submission is 1 February 2018. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the members of the program committee based on significance of research,specificity of research topic and/or questions, clarity of writing and degree to which student can benefit from expert guidance and feedback.To help ensure the consortium best meets the needs the CAT Division and the MCIG. Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for financial support to cover your costs for participation in the Doctoral Consortium (this support would cover only the US$75 participation fee and not travel to the conference).About the Communication and Technology Division The CAT Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of communication. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include human-computer interaction,computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (interpersonal, group, organizational, societal/cultural)and at all levels of analyses. CAT invites papers that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics.About the Mobile Communication Interest Group The MCIG focuses on the phenomenon of mobility in communication – thus being placed on the intersection of mobility,technology, and culture in human communication. While including a wide array of perspectives and approaches in communication scholarship from historical perspectives to studies on future media innovations, from ethnographic to quantitative empirical approaches, from journalism studies to media effects research the common ground of the Interest Group is state of the art theorizing on mobile communication as well as the discussion of adequate methodology to do so.Registration Participation is only by invitation. Once a proposal is accepted, students can register through the ICA website.

Cost for participation is US US$75 per person. Program Committee (faculty mentors)Marjolijn L. Antheunis, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Program Director)Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Program committee)Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilians U, Germany (Programcommittee)Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, DenmarkBenjamin H. Detenber, Nanyang Technological U, SingaporeJordan Frith, U of North Texas, USAJesse Fox, Ohio State U, USARoselyn Lee-Won, Ohio State U, USA


Call for Papers

International Communication Association

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Interest Group


24 May 2018, 09:00-17:00 Cafe Kampus, Naprstkova 272/10Prague, Czech Republic

Abstract Deadline: 1 February 2018


Media are gendered and sexualized while gender and sexuality are heavily mediated. Gender and sexuality figure prominently in many aspects of media production, representation, consumption and use. At this preconference, we will build on a vast body of research in this area to examine the intersections between media,gender and sexuality as well as age, ability, class, religion, race,ethnicity and nationality. Inspired by the fact that the International Communication Association will for the first time in history hold its annual conference in Central Europe, we would like to think about those intersections from a European perspective, particularly from the perspective of underrepresented contexts such as Central,Eastern and Southern Europe.How do European contexts matter for the intersections of media,gender and sexuality? How are those intersections manifested in Europe at different historical moments and at different geographical scales (such as cities, countries and regions)? What can we learn about those intersections thinking through Europe-specific issues such as larger geopolitical challenges(e.g. Brexit, austerity measures, ‘refugee crisis’, post communist transitions and the rise of the far right) as well as challenges specifically related to gender and sexuality (e.g. homonationalism in Western Europe, ‘gay propaganda’ laws in Russia and Lithuania, and anti-gender campaigns across the continent)?Also, more theoretically, what can such Europe-specific research contribute to mainstream, largely Anglo-American, studies of media, gender and sexuality? What are the legacies and the futures of European gender, feminist, sexuality and LGBTQ media studies?

Submission process

The preconference will provide a space for getting feedback on research in progress, exchanging ideas and networking. We invite scholars at all stages of their careers, across multiple disciplines as well as employing diverse methods and theories to submit abstracts of 300 to 500 words along with their short bio notes to Lukasz Szulc ( by 1 February 2018.

We are open to works adessing a wide spectrum of mainstream and alternative media (including but not limited to press,radio, television, cinema, digital and mobile media) and a diversity of genres and platforms(such as journalism, advertising, TV ama, porn, films, games, social media and dating sites). However, we ask that all submissions reflect on the importance of the European context. The preconference will consist of short individual presentations (10-12 min),allowing participants to have in-depth discussions and produce broader insights. Authors will be informed of their acceptance or rejection by 1 March 2018.We will consider to publish selected contributions in a special issue in a peer reviewed journal. Registration Participation is only by invitation. Authors of the accepted abstracts will need to register through the ICA website ( Cost for participation is 25USD for early registration (by 1 April 2018) and 35USD for late registration.


Lukasz Szulc (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) Alexander Dhoest (U of Antwerp, Belgium) Lynn Comella (U of Nevada, Las Vegas,US) Sponsor.

The preconference is generously sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies at the U of Antwerp, Belgium.


Call for Proposals

Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference

ICA 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

Date: May 24, 2018 | Time: 9am-12pm | Location: TBA

The Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference will bring together students working in environmental communication and similar fields with experienced scholars. We invite graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, and sustainability to submit their work. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum to connect with other scholars, gather feedback on research projects, and receive advice pertaining to early career success from leading experts in the field.We hope you’ll join us for the inaugural Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2018 ICA conference. Pre-conference format:The morning will start with short presentations and a poster session in small group settings. Each group will include, in addition to fellow graduate students and researchers, leading scholars in the field of environmental communication. Presenters will receive feedback from peers,colleagues, and faculty on research projects at any stage in their development. After a networking coffee break, the invited scholars will share insights regarding career opportunities, publishing, and future directions of environmental communication research.

Confirmed Faculty Participants:

●Matthew Nisbet, Northeastern U (Editor in-chief, Environmental Communication)

● Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell U (Vice chair elect, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)

● Lauren Feldman, Rutgers U

● More TBA!!

Registration: US$20 Participants have to register to the pre conference through ICA conference portal at the time of registration for the main conference.

Applications for oral or poster presentation:

Students should submit a 500-word abstract that outlines topic, theoretical framework, method, and if applicable,empirical application. Submission for presentation is not required for participation in the pre-conference.Questions should be addressed to Adina T. Abeles ( or Adam M. Rainear(

Deadline for submissions: 14 February 2018

Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2018


The pre-conference is sponsored by:

● Department of Communication, U of Connecticut

● Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford U

● Department of Communication, Michigan State U Co-organizers:

● Adina T. Abeles, Ph.D student, Stanford U

● Adam M. Rainear, Ph.D student, U of Connecticut

● Faculty advisor: . Bruno Takahashi ,Michigan State U (Chair,Environmental Communication Division -ICA)


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